South Africans talk social cohesion

first_img5 July 2012South Africans have embarked on an in-depth process of deciding what kind of society they want to create – and a major part of that process is the National Social Cohesion Summit taking place at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto.Some 3 000 delegates joined summit host President Jacob Zuma, arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile, members of the cabinet, MPs, and representatives from the various political parties and civil society bodies, to come up with a declaration of what needs to be done to create a caring and proud society.The summit is taking place on 4 and 5 July 2012, and features discussions on the role of organs of state such as the judiciary, Parliament and other legislative bodies and political parties, as well as the role of civil society, including business and labour, and other NGOs such as the Foundation for Human Rights, Molo Songololo and Lead SA.The summit, Mashatile said, aims to “carve a shared destiny that the country belongs to all who live in it’, deepening the development that has been taking place since the advent of democracy 18 years ago.Under the theme Working together to create a caring and proud society, delegates will decide on the steps to take to lead to a society where, despite differences, South African-ness comes first.“We must use our diversity to compel us to a common future,’ Mashatile added.Not only a talk shopThe National Social Cohesion Summit is not a talk shop, but must bring about something tangible to work towards.In his opening speech, Zuma noted that the summit was “a crucial dialogue’ where people had come together “to bring to life what our forebears left for us as a legacy’ – this country that belongs to all.All the speakers emphasised that the summit’s theme reflected on South Africa’s history of selflessness, as well as the vision of the leaders in the democratic movement, in burying apartheid and building a new society.South Africans, Zuma said, are unique, “a people with an inspiring history’ who do not hesitate to tackle difficulties and challenges.“We are going to try and find a way to live together in peace and harmony, building a united nation,’ he said.Freedom Charter to help social cohesionThis summit will look at how best to bring about a cohesive, democratic and prosperous society. In mapping the direction, cognisance has to be taken of the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, homelessness, landlessness and divisions of race, class and gender.During the event, various commissions will explore aspects of economic inequality, spatial divisions, social engagement, issues around prejudice and discrimination, and national identity.At the end of the two-day gathering a declaration will be drawn up – a living document with guidelines and outcomes.Delegates are drawn from all walks of life, from across the country – and the choice of venue is no coincidence. Speaker after speaker referred to the Freedom Charter, the original road map to democracy that was drawn up on that very spot in 1955.South Africa’s Constitution strongly echoes the points drawn up in the Charter, and its preamble picks up the founding principles of that significant declaration: “We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past; honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.’Now, almost two decades into a democratic state, is the time to reflect on these foundations and forge a future where all South Africans can call this country “home’.Principles of social cohesionAccording to the Department of Arts and Culture, social cohesion and nation building can only be based on the following principles: constitution and democracy; human rights and equality; non-racialism, non-tribalism and non-sexism; unity in diversity; inclusivity and social justice; redress and transformation; intergroup and community co-operation; social solidarity; active citizenship; civic responsibility; and national consciousness.“These principles serve as the touchstone of social cohesion and are aimed at fostering shared values and greater cohesion within diverse communities and national unity between them and across the country,’ said Mashatile.Views of political parties on social cohesionPolitical parties ranging from the African National Congress (ANC); the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA); Inkatha Freedom Party; Minority Front; and the Pan Africanist Congress gave their views on how they can help in fostering social cohesion.ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said: “As a country we should make sure of the independence of the three pillars of the state – the judiciary, legislature and executive – and that of the media is upheld.’DA leader Helen Zille gave a multilingual speech citing the importance of languages in gaining social cohesion.“We should make policies that strengthen society and give youngsters the opportunity to work and develop the country into what they want it to be,’ said Zille.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Archers, Tams go at it anew

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStung by tough defeats at the end of the first round, defending champion La Salle and Far Eastern U seek to get their campaigns back on track when they mix it up on Wednesday in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Beaten by fierce rival Ateneo, 75-76, on Sunday, the Green Archers hope to turn their fortunes around against the Tamaraws in the 4 p.m. clash that could serve as a preview of the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img University of the Philippines faces winless University of Santo Tomas at 2 p.m. Will group seeking reforms get worthwhile results? Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Archers have looked vulnerable for most of the first round despite dominant performances from Ben Mbala, who has averaged 30 points in his first five games of the season.La Salle forward Ricci Rivero feels its about time the rest of the Archers step up to ease the burden on Mbala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We don’t have to rely on Ben every time, that’s why we have to play as a team because with our lineup, we have players who are capable of doing everything,” said Rivero.Aljun Melecio is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last three games due to dengue fever. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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WATCH: Martinez ties MLS single-season scoring record

first_imgAtlanta United striker Josef Martinez has tied the MLS single-season scoring record with his 27th tally of the 2018 season. The Venezuelan struck in the 31st minute of Sunday’s match against the Columbus Crew, taking advantage of a turnover near midfield. Julian Gressel intercepted a wayward pass and fed Martinez, who cut the ball to his left foot and buried a shot inside the near post.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! There it is! @JosefMartinez17 ties the record for most goals scored in a single MLS season. #ATLvCLB https://t.co/BQmGbjuEcG — Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 19, 2018 Martinez has tied a mark set by Roy Lassiter (1996), Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Bradley Wright-Phillips (2014), but has done so at an incredibly rapid rate. The 25-year-old has reached the 27-goal mark in just 25 games. With nine games left after Sunday’s match, Martinez appears set to shatter the mark. Since joining Atlanta from Torino prior to the 2017 season Martinez has netted 46 goals in 45 games, maintaining a remarkable rate of more than one tally per game. With his goal on Sunday Martinez also broke the MLS record for most goals in a two-season span, besting the previous mark of 45 set by David Villa in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, Martinez has now scored in eight consecutive matches and is one game away from tying Diego Valeri’s record of nine set in 2017. Atlanta United would go on to win Sunday’s match 3-1, with Martinez also providing a late assist to Miguel Almiron.last_img read more

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Video: Masked Arizona State Fans Distracted An Arizona Foul Shooter In Unique Fashion

first_imgArizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky the Sun Devil stands on the court during the team's first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes.LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 07: Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky the Sun Devil stands on the court during the team’s first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Buffaloes won 97-85. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Distracting foul shooters in creative ways is a longstanding tradition for college basketball fans. Still. you don’t often see what you saw from two Arizona State fans during the Sun Devils’ loss to Arizona today. Late in the second half, with Arizona guard Gabe York at the line, the camera cut to two ASU fans clad in animal head (horse? goat? unicorn?) masks. What ensued was, interesting.  We’re not quite sure what that was. If you know, please hit us up at College Spun and explain the details.last_img read more

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Canada wants Lima Group meeting to keep pressure on Maduro to step

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada and its Lima Group allies will use their Monday meeting in Ottawa to find new ways — including financial — to support the Venezuelan opposition and ease the refugee crisis in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia.The agenda for the gathering of foreign ministers from more than a dozen of Canada’s Western Hemisphere allies was still being finalized on Friday, in part because of the speed at which the Venezuelan crisis is unfolding.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will host the meeting two days after Saturday’s scheduled national street protests in Venezuela aimed at pressing the country’s socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, to vacate the presidency.Canada has already contributed $2.2 million for the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela that has forced three million people from their homes, sending ripples across the region.Sources say Canada won’t be adding to that fund because Maduro won’t allow proper humanitarian access into the country.And while they stress Monday’s meeting is not a pledging conference, sources said the discussions will include looking at new political and financial ways to support the politician they see as the country’s true interim leader: parliamentary leader Juan Guaido.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Bruce Springsteen To Be Honored By Friars Foundation

first_img Jackie GarrickPublic Service Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans by a government employee – Garrick is a social worker, U.S. Army veteran and policy analyst whose own military and clinical experiences inspired a 28 year career focused on educating and advocating for service members, veterans and their families and advancing treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She currently serves as Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. Dick YoungStandard Bearer Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and excellence by a veteran in exemplifying selfless service – Now 82 and going strong, Retired Rear Admiral Young has been an active volunteer throughout his entire adult life. He served 35 years in the U.S. Navy, both Active and Reserve, and was awarded the Legion of Merit Award three times, one of the highest peacetime awards a Navy Reservist can receive. Admiral Young received the National Navy League’s John Paul Jones Inspirational Leadership Award in 1988, the only Naval Reservist to ever receive the National Navy League’s highest award.“We are incredibly proud to honor this exceptional group” Dr. Tommy Sowers, Veteran, visiting faculty at Duke University and Founder/Event Chairman for The Lincoln Awards, said. “Thanks to the tireless work of our Selection Committee and our honorees, we can shine a light on the very best of the broad American community supporting veterans and the military family.”The Lincoln Awards Selection Committee includes Paul “Buddy” Bucha, Executive leader, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient; Rajiv Chandrasekaran,Washington Post National Editor; Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, retired United States Army General who served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; Hon. Max Cleland, former Veterans Affairs Administrator; Hon. Scott Gould, former Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary; Dr. Vivian Greentree, SVP, First Data Corporation and co-founder of Blue Star Families; Michael Gyure, Executive Director, Friars Club and Friars Foundation; Dr. Anthony Hassan, Director, USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families; Dr. Michael Haynie, Executive Director, Syracuse Institute for Veteran and Military Families; Jerry Lewis, Academy Award-winning director, producer, writer, actor and philanthropist; Admiral Clyde Marsh, President, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs; Hon. Jim Peake, MD, former Veterans Affairs Secretary; Ned Powell, former Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary (Acting), Former President and CEO, USO; Hon. Anthony Principi, Former Veterans Affairs Secretary; and Nancy Youssef, McClatchy National Security Correspondent.Generous support for The Lincoln Awards is provided by Leonard Wilf, Chairman, Friars Foundation Gift of Laughter for Wounded Warriors Program, as well as founder of the Haven From The Storm Foundation, established to support returning service people, address the particular problems faced by vets today, aid in their recovery and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society – and other corporate sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the official airline partner of The Lincoln Awards.“Delta is proud of its longstanding tradition of providing employment opportunities for those individuals who have served our country,” said Delta Air Lines president Ed Bastian. “We continue to partner with business leaders and elected officials to further develop best practices and recruitment strategies. Delta is privileged to be the official airline sponsor of The Lincoln Awards.” Delta Air Lines is the official airline partner of The Lincoln Awards.Join the conversation using @LincolnAwards on Twitter, at facebook.com/thelincolnawards, and by using #lincolnawards2015. The Friars Club, through their charitable arm The Friars Foundation, today announced the honorees for the first-ever The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family.The event will be the first of its kind to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.The Lincoln Awards will be presented in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2015, by The Friars Foundation, of which the Chairman is Ambassador Joseph Zappala. The event takes place over the course of two days with honors awarded in 10 categories. The honors ceremony will be followed by an All-Star Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on January 7, 2015, which will be packaged for a national primetime broadcast to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s landmark Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 2015.This special concert will gather the entertainment community to celebrate our military, veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers and military families, while saluting the Lincoln Award Recipients. For more information, please click here.This year’s Lincoln Awards honorees are: Bruce SpringsteenEntertainer Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in supporting and giving back to veterans by an entertainer – Springsteen has been a strong supporter of veterans and the military family for decades, dedicating his time and talents to several organizations, including Vietnam Veterans of America and Stand Up for Heroes (Bob Woodruff Foundation/New York Comedy Festival), among others. Springsteen’s commitment to veterans has also been expressed in themes that run through the songwriter’s extensive body of work with songs like “The Long Walk Home,” “Lost in the Flood,” “Devils & Dust” and “The Wall.” His music inspires and touches the lives of millions of military families. Ken FisherCitizen Award for outstanding service and support to veterans by a private citizen – Fisher is Chairman and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation. Founded in 1990 by his late uncle Zachary Fisher, the Foundation constructs “comfort homes” for families of hospitalized military personnel and veterans. The program has built 64 houses in the United States and overseas, serves more than 22,000 families each year, and has saved more than $200 million in lodging and travel costs since inception. Kayla WilliamsArtistic Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in portraying the veteran experience through the arts, film or literature – Through her writing, Williams raises public awareness for the betterment of her fellow veterans and civilians alike, as she works to bridge the civil-military divide. Williams has released two memoirs – Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War. Team RubiconNon-profit Citizen Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and services to veterans by a not-for-profit company or organization – Team Rubicon deploys veterans and first responders to disasters around the world, supporting not only local communities in their greatest times of need but also empowering veterans who are searching for a sense of purpose after their military experience. Dean KamenMedical and Science Award for outstanding service to veterans by a member of the medical or scientific community – The inventor of the Segway, Kamen has revolutionized the world of prosthetics with his bionic arm invention. The “Luke Arm” is one of the most advanced robotic prostheses ever built and is already improving the quality of life for our nation’s wounded warriors. WalmartCorporate Citizen Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities to veterans by a company or organization – Walmart has a rich history with veterans, those continuing to serve, and military families, which began with Captain, U.S. Army, Sam Walton, who founded Walmart more than 50 years ago. Through the years, the legacy has been enriched by countless others and the 100,000 veteran associates and 150,000 veteran family and military family associates who are part of the current generation of Walmart. Britnee KinardCaregiver Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in providing care to veterans – Kinard has been a full-time caregiver for her husband, U.S. Army PurpleHeart recipient Douglas H Kinard Jr., since 2010. After working with the Department of Veterans Affairs for more than 15 months to get her husband’s service animal – SD Gunner – approved, shefounded the SD Gunner Fund in 2014 to assist veterans and disabled children with the financial expense of owning service animals. Kinard frequently speaks at schools and other community organizations to raise awareness about PTSD, service animals, and caregiver support. Justin ConstantineVeteran Award for outstanding achievement and excellence by a veteran in providing aid and opportunities to other veterans – Despite a gunshot wound to the head in Iraq, Constantine has made significant and outstanding contributions to veterans and wounded warriors through his fundraising, leadership, personal advocacy for individual veterans in distress, community outreach, peer mentoring, and pro-bono speaking and media appearances. Over the past eight years, he has raised more than $200,000 for veteran-related non-profit organizations.last_img read more

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Womens volleyball opens Big Ten play against No 17 Minnesota

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle up before a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to kick off Big Ten competition against a ranked opponent on the road.OSU (9-3) is scheduled to play No. 17 Minnesota (10-1) Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Minneapolis.While the Buckeyes have won nine of their last 10 games, they are set to face more competitive teams than they have so far this season, starting with the Golden Gophers, who made it to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball quarterfinals last December.Last season’s success in the tournament aside, OSU senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said Minnesota is always difficult, especially when trying to attack.“Minnesota has always been physical,” Winner said. “They play all right defense. I would say their blocking is really well, they’re big girls so they know how to defend well.”The Golden Gophers have won nine straight matches, including three sweeps at the Toledo Tournament held over the weekend. The team’s only loss of the season came in its second match, against Louisville on Aug. 30.Senior setter Taylor Sherwin said OSU has to be more prepared for the Golden Gophers than other opponents.“Getting used to the physicality (and) how much more physical the girls will be,” Sherwin said. “We’ve played a lot of great (non-conference teams), but Big Ten, it’s the best of the best.”Of the six Big Ten teams in the American Volleyball Coaches Association top 25 poll, Minnesota is ranked the lowest, but still holds a higher-rating than the unranked Buckeyes.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree — who is set to be taking part in the first Big Ten action of her OSU career against the Golden Gophers — said the Buckeyes have to take their performance to a new level for conference play.“This is Big Ten now, so we’ve gotta step up our play,” Goree said.Goree added that if called upon during the match, she hopes her passing and defense will help the Buckeyes to an upset victory.The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled for Sunday against No. 5 Wisconsin (9-1). The Badgers finished as runners-up in last year’s NCAA Tournament. That match is scheduled for 2 p.m. read more

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Curtis Samuels emergence among bright spots at Ohio State spring practice

Sophomore running back Curtis Samuel (4) is one OSU player coach Urban Meyer mentioned could see an increased role in the upcoming season.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State coach Urban Meyer began his Tuesday press conference on a negative note for the second straight week, but he stressed that’s not a reason to panic.“We’re not very good right now, which is fine,” Meyer said. “It’s spring, we don’t have to be good.”Despite the seemingly slow start to spring practice, it’s not all doom and gloom at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.While Meyer said the Buckeyes have “offensive line issues” because of injuries, he added that OSU has a few playmakers making a name for themselves in practice. One of those players, sophomore running back Curtis Samuel, has been good enough that the Buckeyes will do anything they can to get him on the field, Meyer said.“We’re taking a look at Curtis Samuel as a receiver/H-back/running back, so he’s mixing time,” Meyer said. “He’s doing both. He’s a guy that we’ve ID’d as a top-five playmaker right now in our program.”Samuel played in all 15 games last season, but was second fiddle to rising junior Ezekiel Elliott for most of the year. Samuel ended up third on the team with 383 yards and six touchdowns on the ground while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.Despite earning a start in place of Elliott against Illinois in OSU’s eighth game of the season, Samuel’s playing time tailed off during the Buckeyes’ run to the College Football Playoff National Championship.But that could have been a result of Elliott’s play — he finished the year with 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground — rather than a decline in form for Samuel.After Samuel earned just one carry in the title game, Meyer said Tuesday that Buckeye fans will see the Brooklyn, N.Y., native on the field early and often next year.“The days of Curtis Samuel playing 10 plays are over,” Meyer said. “It’s our job to get him on the field for 40 or 50 plays. With (Elliott) coming back healthy and all that, to see him stand on the sideline and watch Zeke play is not right.”As Samuel moves up the list of top OSU playmakers, his coach said the Buckeyes are trying to figure out who else has earned the right to touch the ball next year.Meyer said wide receiver Michael Thomas is high on that list, but added that the redshirt-junior will undergo a sports hernia surgery. He said the surgery is “not that serious,” and mentioned that former Buckeye Ryan Shazier and current redshirt-junior safety Tyvis Powell both had the same procedure.Along with Thomas, Meyer said redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall is one of the top playmakers in addition to Elliott, and he said Samuel is “not far behind.”Beyond that group, the fourth-year OSU coach said he and his staff are trying to figure out how other players like redshirt-senior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt-sophomore tight end Marcus Baugh could fit in.Among the players forcing their way onto the list this spring is sophomore H-back Noah Brown, Meyer said.“Noah Brown had a very, very good day, too, so he’s moved from 15th on the list to whatever,” he said.For now, the list of the Buckeyes’ top playmakers is likely to change, but Meyer said he hopes to have it all penciled in after the Spring Game.“(At) the end of spring I’ll have that, what order they’re gonna touch the ball,” he said.The Buckeyes’ annual Spring Game is schedule for April 18 at Ohio Stadium, before OSU opens its regular season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

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Napoli complete double signing

first_imgNapoli have completed the signings of Fabian Ruiz from Real Betis and Alex Meret from Udinese, ESPN can confirm.Carlo Ancelotti’s side confirmed the two signings on Thursday as they hope to put an end to the seven-year dominance of Juventus.Ruiz joins on a five-year deal after leaving boyhood club Real Betis, the midfielder spent the entire 2016-17 season on loan at Elche in Spain’s second division.He returned to Betis at the start of last season making 34 appearances whilst scoring three goals and impressive performances saw the Andalusian side qualify for the UEFA Europa League.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The 22-year-old joins Napoli after the Italian club activated his 30 million euros buyout clause, Betis confirmed.Napoli also announced the signing of goalkeeper Alex Meret from Udinese hours after announcing the signing of Fabian Ruiz.The 21-year-old shot-stopper is expected to replace the already departed Pepe Reina, who left the club this summer to join Italian side AC Milan.Ruiz and Meret become the second and third signing of Napoli this summer after the Naples based team signed Simone Verdi from Bologna for a reported fee of 25 million euros.last_img read more

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